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American Handgunner Sep/Oct 2010 - Page 60
1911s and Glocks are some of the most prolific handguns. Have parts to keep yours running! Although extreme, if your weapons are being used in this kind of environment, you better have spare parts. lot of thought has been given to secondary guns, those “somethings” to keep you in the fight should your primary weapon go down. How about considering a simple spare parts kit to keep all your guns running should you snap a trigger spring or break an extractor? I don’t mean changing these parts out as an immediate action drill in a fight, but who hasn’t broken a gun at the range or in training that would have been a simple fix if the correct part was in your range bag? Having a little foresight to take advantage of something like Brownells or Midway could turn a potentially frustrating situation into a nothing-at-all issue. Poo On Me! Late one night while serving in Iraq, my team moved on a house of some bad men to conduct a raid. All the members of the team felt confident about this operation, we had good intelligence on the house and we had operated in the general area before. What we didn’t know was an open sewer the size of a small river was running across the yard at the front of the house. Some things you learn the hard way, I guess. When the gun truck came to a screeching halt I bailed out at a dead run to take up a position by the door to 60 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER2010